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Run2Rail: bringing 3D printing to rail design

A new European project is looking at using carbon fibres and 3D printing techniques to design lighter, more reliable and quieter trains. Professor Simon Iwnicki, director of the Institute of Railway Research at the University of Huddersfield, talks about the project’s aims and the challenges of creating change in a risk-adverse industry.

Shift2Rail Presents Ideas at the Transport Research Arena and Ten-T Days

April was a busy month for Shift2Rail (S2R) and its relations with other stakeholders across Europe’s rail network. Representatives from it, including its Executive Director, Carlo Borghini, were joined by the EU Commissioner for Mobility and Transport, Violeta Bulc. Together they attended two major international conferences on the future of rail: the Transport Research Arena (TRA) and Ten-T Days.

Stadler begins testing of Greater Anglia’s bi-mode trains

Rolling stock manufacturer Stadler has started testing the first unit of the new regional bi-mode train fleet that will be delivered to UK rail operator Greater Anglia.


HS1 plans to introduce direct London-to-Bordeaux high-speed link

HS1, the operator of the high-speed line between London and the Channel Tunnel, is planning to introduce direct high-speed services between London and Bordeaux, France, in collaboration with three other international railway operators.

Singapore LTA orders 17 additional Metropolis trains

The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has signed a €150m agreement to procure 17 additional Metropolis trains to support operations on the extensions of the North East Line (NEL) and the Circle Line (CCL).


Free transport: does opening up the railways make sense?

As part of short-lived, experimental initiatives in a number of cities across the world, transport authorities waived fares on certain public networks to encourage ridership and fight pollution. However, some believe this model could work on a permanent basis. Does free public transit really make sense economically?

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